Walton on Thames Trading Alliance

Last week, I met with the Walton-on-Thames Trading Alliance (WoTTA), a group which has branched out from the former Walton Business Group (which I was involved with). WoTTA was set up earlier this year, by a group of local traders and residents whose aim is to make Walton-on-Thames an even better place to live and […]

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Carer Support Elmbridge

Last Friday, I visited Carer Support Elmbridge, a local charity based in Walton that supports unpaid carers who look after their loved ones. I met development worker Jenny Pearman, support and advocacy worker Yvonne Clarke, and the Chair of Trustees, Christine Hayden (pictured with me above). Carer Support Elmbridge undertake incredibly important work to support […]

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New Government

Theresa May, our new Prime Minister, is currently forming her new government. I made clear  I would enthusiastically serve in any role (at Minister of State or above) I could get my teeth into. It was not to be. But, I wish the new team well in the tackling the challenges that lie ahead.

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GCSE Citizenship at Esher High School

This morning, I visited Esher High School to meet with two year 10 students who got in touch with me about their GCSE Citizenship project. Lucie Hepworth and Abbie Marskell (pictured with me above), in Miss Lockheart’s class, have started a campaign for fully-subsidised travel for under-18s on all London buses. Currently, fares are subsidised […]

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Elmbridge Free School gets go-ahead

One of my key campaigns since becoming an MP has been increasing the number of school places here in Elmbridge. It was brilliant news, then, that yesterday Prime Minister David Cameron gave the go-ahead for the ElmWey Learning Trust to open a brand new Free School in Elmbridge – the Heathside School, Walton on Thames. […]

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Streets Apart Project

Today, away from the noisy leadership contest dominating Westminster, I got stuck into a range of important local issues. I joined the Elmbridge Community Fund for their latest panel meeting, looking at our efforts to raise a community endowment to support local neighbourhoods or projects in need. I visited Surrey County Council to talk through […]

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Reed’s School Speech Day

Last Saturday, I joined Reed’s School in Cobham for their annual Speech Day, at the invitation of the Headmaster, Mark Hoskins. Reed’s is a fantastic school, and I helped to hand out prizes for academic, artistic and sporting achievement. It was a pleasure to meet so many talented and accomplished youngsters. But, I was most […]

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24 June – a moment in history

In the early hours of this morning, it became clear that Britain – on an astonishing turnout of 72% – had voted to leave the EU. As someone who has made the case for Britain to leave, I feel enormously proud and confident in the future. We have a golden opportunity for democratic renewal, to […]

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Brexit: the Optimist’s Choice

With a day to go before the referendum, I want to set out – again – the optimistic, ambitious, outward-looking case for leaving the EU on 23rd June. After four months of campaigning, you will have plenty to think about! Here are some final thoughts from me, expressed in a column for the Daily Telegraph […]

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